Dr. Jessica Hunt began her career in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in a technology demonstration school in Florida. From that work, she grew to love teaching students at risk for mathematics difficulties or disabilities. Hunt argues that mathematics instruction for these students should work to (a) uncover students’ strengths, (b) give them access to their mathematical reasoning, and (c) support the advance of that reasoning.
Ask the Expert: How Can Teaching Math From a Strengths-based Perspective Help Students Succeed? ‘When Teachers Utilize a Student’s Strengths, They Position Them as Already Possessing a Way of Knowledge That They Use To Understand the World,’ Says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt
Students’ thinking is often evaluated from a deficit standpoint, focusing on what they don’t yet know, says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, Ph.D. This is especially true when it comes to teaching mathematics to students with disabilities. Instead of focusing on what students don’t know, Hunt says it is best for teachers to approach lessons from a strengths-based perspective.
Associate Professor Jessica Hunt to Develop Game to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Understand Fractions, Explore STEM Careers
Building upon a series of tasks she developed through a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, Ph.D., will use a new, $1.4 million NSF grant to develop a game to help students with learning disabilities understand fractions through real-world applications.
Game Developed by Associate Professor Jessica Hunt To Help Students Understand Fractions Showcased at National EdTech Games Expo
Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, Ph.D., will showcase the Dream2B puzzle-based learning environment designed to help students master fraction concepts while exploring STEM and ICT careers during the National EdTech Games Expo from June 1-6.